Fuelling incineration in London

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st September 2022.

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Photo of Zack Polanski Zack Polanski Green

The operator of the Beddington waste incinerator is proposing to use diesel to burn waste to further increase the volumes burned there. Given the impact on Londoners’ health from diesel-fuelled vehicles, do you agree that it is unacceptable to have diesel used to burn waste?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am aware that Sutton Council has approved a planning application from Viridor for a new diesel storage tank at the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Beddington. Sutton has released a statement confirming that ‘it does not involve or facilitate increases in the amount of waste that will be treated at the facility (which they oppose), and will not lead to more burning of waste at the site’.

I have been clear that London does not need any additional energy from waste (EfW) capacity to manage its non-recyclable waste. My focus is on ensuring that where facilities already exist, they only manage truly non-recyclable waste, maximise electricity generation, supply the waste heat created into a local heat network and operate with the best available techniques to reduce air pollution emissions.